Acorn Reports Increased Q3 Revenue and Gross Margin on Growing Demand for Remote Monitoring of Generators, Pipelines and Other Industrial Assets (IoT)

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WILMINGTON, Del., Nov. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (OTCQB:ACFN), a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) remote monitoring and control systems and services, announced results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2017. Acorn will review its results and outlook in a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET, and an audio replay will be available thereafter (details below).

Jan Loeb, President and CEO of Acorn, commented, "Our OmniMetrix remote monitoring and control business continued its growth and margin expansion in the third quarter. OmniMetrix grew revenue 15% and its gross margin rose to 58%. New orders, most of which are recorded into deferred revenue and then amortized and recognized as revenue have grown over 25% for the first nine-month period of 2017 versus the comparable 2016 period, which is in line with our growth expectations. We continue to see solid organic growth potential for OmniMetrix. We will also keep looking for synergistic opportunities in this or the related IoT space to help accelerate our growth and improve our bottom line performance.

“During the third quarter, we deconsolidated the GridSense activities from our balance sheet following the dissolution of our GridSense Inc. subsidiary in the U.S. and the deregistration of GridSense Pty Ltd. in Australia. As a result of removing GridSense net liabilities from our books, we recorded a non-cash gain on the deconsolidation of $660,000 which contributed to a profitable quarter.

“We continue to work toward the sale of our remaining interest in DSIT to further enhance our financial position and to focus our company on the growth potential of our OmniMetrix business. We have several parties engaged in various stages of discussion regarding DSIT and hope to have more to say about this effort over the next several months.”

As a result of the growth in its OmniMetrix subsidiary, Acorn’s third quarter 2017 revenue increased 15% to $1,085,000 from $942,000 in the third quarter 2016. Principally reflecting the impact of the DSIT deconsolidation in April 2016, Acorn’s revenue for the first nine months of 2017 decreased to $3,226,000 from $7,618,000 in the comparable 2016 period. First nine months’ revenue included $5,074,000 of DSIT revenue in 2016.

Acorn reported third quarter 2017 net income attributable to shareholders of $236,000, or $0.01 per share, compared to net income of $652,000, or $0.02 per share, in the third quarter of 2016. The third quarter of 2017 included income from discontinued operations of $633,000, primarily related to a $660,000 gain on the deconsolidation of GridSense. The third quarter of 2016 included income from discontinued operations of $1,187,000, primarily related to a gain on the sale of GridSense assets in the period. Acorn's share of income in DSIT increased to $189,000 in the third quarter of 2017 from $38,000 in the third quarter of 2016.

For the first nine months of 2017, Acorn reported a net loss attributable to shareholders of $475,000, or $0.02 per share, versus net income of $113,000, or $0.00 per share, in the first nine months of 2016. The first nine-month period of 2016 included a $3.5 million ($0.13 per share) gain on the sale of a portion of Acorn's interest in DSIT.

The first nine months' revenue performance of OmniMetrix is reviewed in the table below (dollars in thousands).

As noted in the table above, for the first nine months of 2017, revenue rose 27%, to $3,226,000, over the comparable 2016 period. Excluding the impact of the second quarter 2016 revenue adjustment, first nine months’ revenue would have grown 21% over 2016, which again was largely driven by growth in hardware revenue.

OmniMetrix’s gross profit grew by 20% to $629,000 in the third quarter of 2017, reflecting a gross margin of 58%, versus third quarter 2016 gross profit of $524,000 and gross margin of 56%.

First nine months 2017 gross profit of $1,837,000 reflected a gross margin of 57% and represented a significant increase from gross profit of $1,306,000 and gross margin of 51% (54% normalized for the $130,000 revenue adjustment) in the first nine months of 2016. The increase in gross margin was due to a change in the sales mix to higher-margin Power Generation products.

OmniMetrix's operating costs rose $28,000, or 4%, to $811,000 in the third quarter of 2017, versus the third quarter of 2016, as higher SG&A costs were partially offset by lower R&D expenses following the launch of next-generation products during the quarter. For the first nine months, OmniMetrix's operating costs rose $156,000, or 7%, to $2,415,000 compared to the first nine months of 2016, due primarily to higher R&D and SG&A costs for the development and launch of next-generation products.

OmniMetrix’s third quarter 2017 operating loss improved to $182,000 from $259,000 in the third quarter of 2016. Higher revenue and gross profit also led to a reduced operating loss of $578,000 for the first nine months of 2017 versus $953,000 in the prior-year period.

DSIT's gross profit increased 26% to $4,561,000 in the first nine months of 2017 versus $3,633,000 in the prior-year period. Gross profit increased as a result of both the increased revenue and an increase in gross margin to 35% from 31% in the comparable 2016 period. The increase in gross margin was due to improvements in historically lower-margin non-Naval projects as well as reduced estimated material costs for certain Naval projects.

Acorn's share of income in DSIT increased to $189,000 in the third quarter of 2017 from $38,000 in the third quarter of 2016.  For the first nine months of 2017, Acorn's share of income in DSIT improved to $258,000 from $63,000 in the first nine months of 2016.

Net cash increased by $52,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2017, of which $100,000 was provided by investing activities, $1,274,000 was provided from financing activities, and $1,322,000 was used in operating activities ($1,278,000 was used in continuing operations and $44,000 was used in discontinued operations).

In February 2017, Acorn received $900,000 in cash pursuant to $1.9 million of loan commitments provided by certain members of Acorn’s Board of Directors. An additional $400,000 was funded in the third quarter 2017 pursuant to these loan commitments, with $600,000 still available.

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Globe Newswire: 21:01 GMT Tuesday 14th November 2017

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